Steven Mairella focuses on real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on zoning and land use, development and redevelopment.
Mr. Mairella has advised both private and governmental entities on procedural and substantive requirements of land use and redevelopment statutes, and redevelopment financial incentives. He has obtained timely and cost-efficient land use approvals for both private and public clients, including subdivision and site plan approvals and all types of variances, in a variety of settings. He has extensive experience structuring and managing complex transactions, including scoping and directing due diligence efforts; document negotiation, preparation and review; and organizing and conducting closings, often on an urgent and expedited basis. He has successfully resolved a number of title-related questions and issues. He has counseled state and local governmental entities on land use-related legislative matters, and has drafted or participated in the drafting of complex land use statutes, ordinances, resolutions and redevelopment plans. He also has extensive experience in conceptualizing, negotiating and drafting complex redevelopment agreements involving “public-private partnerships”. He is adept at formulating legal strategies to avoid litigation, and at formulating and drafting winning legal arguments when litigation occurs.
Prior to joining Sills Cummis & Gross, Mr. Mairella was a partner at McManimon, Scotland & Baumann. Prior to that, Mr. Mairella was Vice President & General Counsel to Pinnacle Communities, Ltd., a New Jersey-based developer and builder. In that capacity he was responsible for, among many other things, orchestrating and negotiating a major redevelopment project. Before joining Pinnacle he served for two years as the attorney for the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the Township of Nutley, Essex County, New Jersey. Mr. Mairella also spent eleven years as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Sterling Forest Corporation in Tuxedo, New York, where he managed the legal and regulatory affairs of that land development company and its utilities subsidiaries.
Mr. Mairella was named the Nutley, New Jersey Italian-American Man of the Year by the 2010 Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade Committee for his years of commitment and dedication to the advancement of Italian and Italian-American culture in the Northern New Jersey region.